Today's News

  • Amtrak engineer says he doesn't remember crash

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The engineer at the controls of the speeding Amtrak train that lurched off the tracks in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, has no recollection of the crash and wasn’t on his cellphone or using drugs or alcohol, his attorney said.
    Lawyer Robert Goggin told ABC News that Brandon Bostian, 32, of New York City, suffered a concussion in Tuesday night’s wreck and had 14 staples in his head, along with stitches in one leg.
    Federal investigators have determined that the train was barreling through the city at 106 mph before it ran off the rails along a big curve where the speed limit drops to 50 mph. But they don’t know why it was going so fast.
    “He remembers coming into curve. He remembers attempting to reduce speed and thereafter he was knocked out,” Goggin said. But he said Bostian does not recall anything out of the ordinary and does not remember using the emergency brake, which investigators say was applied moments before the crash.
    The lawyer said the next thing the engineer remembered was coming to, looking for his bag, retrieving his cellphone and calling 911 for help. He said the engineer’s cellphone was off and stored in his bag before the accident, as required.

  • On The Docket 5-14-15

    May 6

    Mark Welsh paid a parking fine of $250 to the Los Alamos Municipal Court for parking in a designated, disabled space.

    May 7
    Patti Wells pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to failing to yield/stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.
    Christian Negre pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to not wearing a seatbelt. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.
    Nicole M. Trevette was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of two counts of failing to appear in court, failing to have a proper chauffeurs license and speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $200 and must also pay $260 in court costs.
    David A. Martinez pled no contest in the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to appear in court and passing in a no passing zone. Defendant was fined $125 and must also pay $130 in court costs.
    Andres Dow pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court of trespassing. Defendant must pay $60 in court costs. Sentence of community service is deferred until Aug. 4.
    Koby Leeches pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court of trespassing. Defendant must pay $60 in court costs. Sentence of community service is deferred until Aug. 4.

    May 8

  • Hawk fundraiser to aid beloved teachers

    Los Alamos Middle School continues their fundraising efforts this week with two events.
    On Friday, a $1 donation will allow students to wear hats throughout the day and a talent show will collect spare change.
    The fundraisers are to raise money to help with medical costs for teachers Ryan Finn and Sherri Bublitz as they battle medical ailments.
    For questions or to learn more, call 663-3252.

  • Update 5-14-15

    'Avenue Q'

    Showings of “Avenue Q” are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Los Alamos Little Theatre. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.

    Kiwanis Club

    Chuck Valenti of Del Norte Credit Union will speak at the Kiwanis Club meeting, which will be noon Tuesday at Trinity on the Hill Church.

    Poetry on the Hill

    Poets Andi Penner and Joann Bodin will read at Poetry on the Hill. It will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday at UnQuarked. wine room.


    The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Public Utilities is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. May 20. The BPU will meet in council chambers at the municipal building.

    Kiwanis Club

    Chuck Valenti of Del Norte Credit Union will speak at the Kiwanis Club meeting, which will be noon Tuesday at Trinity on the Hill Church.

    Plant Sale

    The Los Alamos Garden Club will have a plant sale Saturday at 811 Tiffany Court in Los Alamos. The sale, which will go from 8 a.m.-noon, will benefit Los Alamos High School Scholarships.

    Kite Festival

  • Western Landowners Alliance to discuss conservation

    The Western Landowners Alliance (WLA) is a rapidly growing network and voice for conservation-minded landowners and managers across western North America.
    They envision a future in which private and leased public lands and waters in the West are healthy and resilient to environmental and developmental stressors and are the foundation for prosperous rural economies.
    WLA Executive Director Lesli Allison will give a talk at the Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road on Tuesday, in which she will outline some of the issues, as well as the important work that WLA does across the West. The talk begins at 7 p.m.
    WLA was formed by concerned landowners to vastly increase the role that working lands play in conserving land, wildlife, and water in Western North America.
    Healthy lands provide for increased and sustained agricultural productivity, while providing better habitat and sustaining wildlife’s room to roam.
    The Alliance is led by landowners, with a counsel of respected conservation science and natural resource practitioners.
    They partner with regional landowner alliances, collaborative conservation ventures, cattle and timber associations, and land trusts (WLA is not a land trust).

  • Library computers to be offline on Monday

    Officials from Mesa Public Library announced that public access computers will be unavailable Monday.
    There is scheduled routine maintenance scheduled for Monday and the computers will be offline in Los Alamos. Computers in the White Rock branch library, however, will be operational.
    Mesa Public Library also said the computers with Internet access in the Youth Services area will also be down.
    However, electronic library catalog computers at the library will be operational and public wireless connection will be available.
    For more information, call 662-8253.

  • Congress to vote on Iran nuke bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House was poised Thursday to overwhelmingly approve a bill that would allow Congress to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran that’s still being negotiated by the U.S. and its partners.
    If approved and signed by President Barack Obama, the legislation would give Congress a say on what could be a significant international accord aimed at getting Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.
    Obama initially threatened to veto the bill, but then said he’d sign it if it was not changed from the bipartisan version that the Senate backed 98-1.
    Negotiators from the U.S. and five other nations are rushing to reach a deal with Tehran by the end of June.
    “Today we will act to ensure that Congress and the people will have an opportunity to review any potential agreement with Iran,” House Speaker John Boehner said.
    Obama, meanwhile, is meeting at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland with Arab leaders in hopes of easing their fears about an emerging deal.
    The president will try to convince them that U.S. overtures to Iran would not come at the expense of commitments to their security.

  • Carr will discuss Soviet military at MOWW meeting

    The Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars monthly meeting will be Tuesday and the guest speaker will be Alan B. Carr.
    The topic will be based on Carr’s thesis, “The Long Road to Kursk: The Development, Abandonment and Relearning of Soviet Military Strategy.”
    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Carr’s presentation will start at 7:15 p.m.
    The meeting is in the Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room. The Los Alamos Research Park building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east to the fire station (accessible from southbound land of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge) or east of the Research Park building (access is through the Los Alamos National Laboratory control stations to West Jemez road.
    Entrance to the Research Park main conference room is from the ground level by use of the ground level elevator on the east side of the building to the second level.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.

  • Kind of Shrimpy

    Shrimp may not be the first thing people think of when they think of New Mexico, but Tim Ott from The Shrimp Farm in Lemitar was at today’s Los Alamos Farmers Market. The shrimp is nursed for about at month 12-by-80 foot tank.

  • LAHS choir sings its way to top spot

    The Los Alamos High School Choir has sung their way into the record books with a first place showing at the state competition.
    Choir Director Jason Rutledge, who directs both the middle and high school choirs couldn’t be more proud.
    Rutledge traveled with 85 middle and high school students to that state contest took place at V. Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho in mid-April.
    “Their desire to improve daily as musicians, coupled with their willingness to put forth so many extra hours of rehearsal, created a special setting for us to grow as musicians and a community,” Rutlegde said.
    Rutledge complimented the preparation throughout the semester including lunch and after-school rehearsals, dinner meetings at local restaurants and their individual work at home.
    That result paid off because when Rutledge took those 85 middle and high school students, comprising three choirs, a 5A state champion title followed them home.
    The competition choirs included; the Los Alamos Middle School Hawk Choir, the LAHS Encore, and the award winning LAHS Schola Cantorum.
    “I can not thank my Los Alamos Choir Booster Program enough for all their support,” Rutledge said. “Their care and dedication to the choir program has been overwhelming.”